The British Heart Foundation (BHF) is staging a weekend of fun in Blackpool to raise £50,000 for its 50th birthday appeal.
Between Friday and Sunday this week the BHF will take over the town staging events from a disco party night to a classic car exhibition.
All money raised at the weekend will go towards the BHF’s Mending Broken Hearts Appeal – a major new programme of research in regenerative medicine to find a cure for heart failure.
The Mending Broken Hearts project will involve stem cell research and developmental biology to work out how to repair or replace damaged heart muscle to literally ‘mend broken hearts’ in as little as 10 years time.
On Friday partygoers are invited to don their dancing shoes for a modern Jive/Disco Party in the Empress Ballroom at the Winter Gardens.
There will be a modern Jive lesson and social dance with Wendy and Phil Greenall, entertainment provided by celebrity DJ Lionel Vinyl and a display by the UK Junior Champions Latin formation team from Fever.
The following evening, Saturday June 18, all proceeds from the Tower Circus (left) will go towards the appeal.
Producer and director Laci Endresz and his family have agreed to support this event and all the performers will be giving up their time for free.
Other events taking place include an exhibition of classic cars and a mile of 50ps at South Headland from 10am to 5pm on Saturday.
On Sunday, people are needed to lace up their walking boots and take part in a three mile sponsored walk from the Carousel Hotel to Central Pier. Barbara Dunn, BHF Fundraising volunteer manager in Blackpool, said: “This promises to be such a fun weekend and we urgently need you to support us in our 50th year to help raise £50,000 for the Mending Broken Hearts Appeal.
“We formed a committee made up of people from heart patients, people who have links with heart disease and volunteers and they have worked tirelessly to organise this event.”